The ChLOE (Children Learning through Outdoor Experiences) program is unique in its goal of providing outdoor anchoring experiences for K-12 STEM curricula using real agricultural practices as examples of STEM principles. It provides well-planned, structured, and organized learning experiences involving animal husbandry, row crop agriculture, streams, lakes, wetlands, and forests.
The ChLOE program partners with and supports teachers by providing hands-on experiences that help students better understand how concepts taught in the classroom matter in real life. They do not seek to add or change classroom curricula. Rather, ChLOE creates out-of-classroom experiences that complement the curriculum being taught in the classroom and help students understand how and what they learn in school is important in solving real-life problems. For many reasons, agriculture and natural resources are great vehicles to illustrate these.
ChLOE is working to catalyze more sites and help develop programs and activities at those sites. It is envisioned that these sites will be developed on a national scale and expand the content to include forestry, wood products, wildlife, and other related areas. NCASI Foundation is collaborating on adding these content areas with new partners.
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